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A bad-mannered 14-year-old meets himself as a young man of 21, and learns the fundamentals of good table manners.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Coronet Instructional Films
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Social guidance: Etiquette; Children
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Emily Post For Kids
This film has some very 1951 features which include the saturated color on the livingroom wall (still in vogue from the late 40's); and who could miss the sweaters with the familiar moose pattern on 'em. A had-to-have in those days.
Chuck's father is either a clerk or cameraman filling in for the guy who was supposed to play that part....or he has a butt plug up his yank that's as big as a football. He is downright laughable - as are the Chuck and his alter ego characters with those Joan Crawford eyebrows...apparently a must have for teen characters when it came to casting for these Coronet films.
Subject: Love the sweaters
Good manners may help open those doors, but the sweaters these young men are wearing assure great success!
Subject: Up, Chuck !
Cute little flick about how proper table manner will get you ahead in life. Impress your girl! Impress the boss! All doors open to you when you know which fork to use! This piece holds great camp appeal.
...I Used To Get Invited To Girlfriends House On Sundays..I Was 15 ...Sitting Across From Her Parents..She Would Be Rubbing My....Well, That Afternoon We Would Take A Walk In The Arboretum & She Would Get On Her Knees...AHHH....The 60s...!
Time Travelin Mike -
Subject: Unintentional Time Travel Tale:
The writers of this instuctional film obviously wanted to make the story more interesting to it's young viewers, so they centered the story around the discussion between a young boy and his 21 year old self. I don't think the writers even had in the back of their minds that they were creating a time travel tale, but it is nontheless.
Just for fun, using today's sensabilites, we can deduce that 21 year old Chuck must have struck out on an important date due to his bad table manners. Therefore, he finds a way to go back to correct the mistake. Why else would you go back in time just to teach yourself good table manners?
Subject: Good social instructional film for the youngsters of 1951
A simpler era when compared to today. A time when the middle classs family could all sit down together and eat dinner. Standards were very important in those social circles. Somehow I found this 1951 film cute, although somewhat naive. In today's busy world, most of us don't think of what position to leave our knife and fork on the plate to indicate we are finished. The acting and direction was well done.
The script was well written for the generation intended to view the film.
Subject: "Oh Boy, Ham!!
Chuck is a typical guy seen in these types of films who just wolfs down his meals, much to the chagrin of his parents. He even talks while his mouth his full!
One day, after seeing his parents going to a supper club party that Chuck didn't want to go to, (and wearing a laughably ugly sweater with the widest collared shirt ever) he wonders what life would be like in the future for him (or soemthing lol). Then all of a sudden, an 'older' version of chuck appears before him (wearing the same ridiculous outfit) to chastise Chuck about his table manners. The problem with this is, the guy has an obvious Latino accent.. While Chuck doesnt!! (I guess Chuck is being shipped off?) Anyways, Older self teaches Chuck about proper table manners, always take the fork that's farthest away. never comment about food you don't like. The older self says, "We won't bother to talk about the European style of eating".. GOOD! lol Soon Chuck is well trained, and runs off to the Supper club party! Yowza! This is a MUST SEE on this site!
Subject: The Two Chucks
Chuck is an only child whose parents have had no luck teaching him table manners. Embarrassed, Chuck stays home instead of going to a dinner party. HeÂs visited by a ÂghostÂÂhis future 21-year-old self. This older Chuck teaches young Chuck how to eat in a polite way, and Chuck goes to the party after all. At the party, young Chuck can still hear older ChuckÂs voice talking and telling him what to do.
Could ChuckÂs real problem be that he needs a big brother? It must be hard for Chuck to be an only child and have his parents focus on no one but him. Both the young Chuck and the old Chuck wear the same distinctive reindeer sweaters, no doubt knitted by mom. This suggests that the lonely young Chuck still lurks inside the older, self-assured Chuck.
Tavish McDonell -
Subject: time travel useful in improving your table manners
Chuck is visited by his future self, a kind of John Connor sent back to the past to save him from the Terminator of bad manners stigma. An Oedipal fantasy of self-fathering...
The most amusing piece of unintentional irony is how "older Chuck" talks about the growing importance of impressing girls and authority figures, while at the same time being dopier and more maladroit than "younger Chuck."
The manners recommended are quite reasonable and still valid today--if only in the most formal settings.
A painless little time capsule of early 50's mores where "cool" is a distant rumour. Teenagers are expected to reason out that the best way to impress peers is to behave exactly like their parents. No wonder James Dean struck such a chord.